Does Your Hardware Keep Up With Technology?

DataCenterVirtualizationDoes your hardware keep up with technology? Technology advancements have been and are moving at an incredible pace with new and exciting features getting added with each new release or update of a product.  Unfortunately, technology can outpace are physical hardware which can leave us in a true troubleshooting nightmare.  There is one specific example that I have seen a few times and is worth sharing.    Continue reading Does Your Hardware Keep Up With Technology?

News: Sky High Networks provides Cloud Service Security Ratings

CloudComputingThere has been a dearth of intelligence reporting on cloud services and up until now we had to rely upon the Verizon Breach Report, Alert Logic’s State of the Cloud report, the Enisa and other reports, but even so there was nothing specifically about a given cloud service outside the lightly used Cloud Security Alliances STAR self-certification. Instead you must imply something about a given service. This has changed. Meeting this need is Sky High Networks. Continue reading News: Sky High Networks provides Cloud Service Security Ratings

Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0 – VDI Game Changer?

DesktopVirtualizationAtlantis Computing have released the first in-memory storage solution for persistent VDI. Setting aside the remoted experience, peripheral support, licensing and off-line access – the most nemesising nemesis for VDI is hardware scale. A major hardware limiting factor is storage performance.

In a transition from physical PCs to virtual work spaces you can move 50,1000,20,000 people from an environment where everyone has their own hard drive in their own device, to a shared environment where there are (hopefully) no longer 50,1000,20,000 hard-drives.  You do this to achieve cost savings. Still, in the majority of instances, the desktop file system and the apps that run on it weren’t designed to understand such consolidation. Many a desktop project fails because the storage infrastructure wasn’t architected with these mismatches in mind.

Yet, desktop virtualization solutions have have matured to accommodate such issues. A range of increasingly impressive VDI appliances: dedicated drive arrays. Way back in 2010 we were reporting that Atlantis Computing were looking to Transform Desktop Computing with their  In Line Image and Optimization (ILIO) product. Atlantis Computing’s core ILIO product sought to address optimizing non-persistent VDI instances, then offered a RAM based solution with their ILIO DiskLess VDI, then presented a way to optimize Citrix XenApp instances. Atlantis’ offerings look to dramatically reduce the physical hardware required to support virtualized desktop infrastructures.

And now to their portfolio, Atlantis Computing add ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0. Some early stability issues aside, Atlantis have developed a strong and supportive market and expanded on it. What is in this release? If 2013 is to be the year of VDI – how does  ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0 help? Importantly, will Atlantis Computing’s  ILIO Persistent VDI  change the game?

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IT Automation: Where Is the Center?

ITasaServiceWhere is the center of IT Automation today? The network is the nerve center, the workloads are the brains, and the normal storage, compute, and memory are the other internal organs. The heart of our IT machine is often a management tool such as VMware vCenter, System Center, or something else entirely, but should our IT automation live within the heart when the heart only controls virtual and some physical components, or should IT automation be tied to the nervous system that crosses boundaries?
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Building a Management Stack for Your Software-Defined Data Center

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureData Center Virtualization has spawned several entirely new categories and variants of management software. This is largely because data center virtualization alone was a large enough change to create new requirements that legacy management products could not meet. This created a new constituency for management solutions—the virtualization team—which proceeded to purchase management solutions that met their needs. This trend was facilitated by the “easy to try and easy to buy” business model that many of the new vendors of virtualization management solutions adopted. Out of this a new management software industry arose. Continue reading Building a Management Stack for Your Software-Defined Data Center

VDI vs RDSH: Squabbling Siblings or Embattled Enemies?

PresentationVirtualizationIn many a desktop virtualization project, there will be a http://www.bbc.co.uk/naturestop40/ep8/s12.shtmldiscussion around the type of desktop virtualisation to use. Before you even get to the entertaining “Citrix vs VMware vs Other”  quasi-religious debate, there will be a VDI vs RDSH altercation. It can altercate for days. Ultimately, no business question gets asked, nor decision made, as technical stags lock antlers. It is not unusual for this debacle to be silenced by someone simply getting tired of the PoC posturing and rolling out pallet loads of new PCs.

If any year is to be the year of virtual desktops, then it is not just simply a question of having nifty appliances, but also of having a better understanding of desktop virtualization solutions. A recent article from the BBC website on common language gave the ultimate benefit of a common understanding as “world peace”. If a better understanding between people can bring the laudable hope of goodwill unto man, then surely an easier corporate upgrade and better application access will be a mere bagatelle?

The options for purchase for VDI or RDSH, VDI or Terminal Services, for hosted desktops or session desktops are all the same conversation. RDSH is indeed on the back foot through regular re-marketing of terms. Presentation Virtualization Terminal Services and RDSH are the same thing: a multi-user server OS capable of hosting applications and desktops to remote users.

Increasingly, desktop virtualization vendors are ensuring they sit between both VDI and RDSH camps. Citrix obviously – XenApp and XenDesktop.  In our Presentation Virtualization whitepaper, every RDSH vendor has a VDI option. But also, “traditional” VDI vendors are being more savvy. Desktone offers a RDSH option. Teradici has delivered on their promise and recently announced Teradici Arch, a software solution for RDSH.

What are the similarities and differences between VDI and RDSH? What can calm everything down and make the combatants think about what it is that they have done?

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